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Under administrative direction, in the Department of Health Services, to plan, organize, and direct the program and operations of the Genetic Disease Laboratory, encompassing a program of analysis, quality control, research, and consultation in laboratory and in biochemistry and clinical chemistry related to detection of genetic disorders and birth defects; and to do other related work.
Plans, organizes, and directs the program and operations of the Genetic Disease Laboratory which conducts research, chemical and biochemical analysis, quality assurance program and field investigations; administers a program of laboratory research, and test evaluation and development including interpretive analyses of data obtained, initiates new screening projects and new services in clinical genetic chemistry, and determines priorities; directs, reviews, and evaluates ongoing and completed genetic screening projects; coordinates the activities of the Genetic Disease Laboratory with related work in the Department, and with other public and private agencies; develops, interprets, and administers laws and regulations governing statewide laboratory practice in clinical genetic chemistry including the evaluation of laboratory performance, testing and evaluation of laboratory personnel, the evaluation and approval of methods and instruments used for analysis, and on-site inspections of facilities where analysis is performed; designs, directs and interprets statewide proficiency testing programs which measure reliability of performance by clinical genetic laboratories; directs development and evaluation of intralaboratory quality control programs for laboratories; directs the establishment of reference laboratory methods used to evaluate devices and prepared reagents used by clinical genetic laboratories; provides consultation in clinical genetic chemistry; directs selection, training, and evaluation of staff personnel, and takes or recommends appropriate action; prepares scientific papers for publication; prepares reports and dictates correspondence.
One year of experience in clinical genetic chemistry, or a closely related specialty, in the California State Department of Health Services, in a class at least equivalent in level to Assistant Laboratory Chief, Public Health Laboratories.
Experience: Two years of increasingly responsible postdoctoral experience in a large laboratory in administration or supervision of work comparable or closely related to clinical genetic chemistry. and
Education: Possession of a Doctoral Degree in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology or Clinical Genetic Chemistry or a closely related subject.
Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in a large laboratory in research and administration, or supervision of work comparable or closely related to clinical genetic chemistry; molecular biology. and
Education: Possession of a Master's Degree in Biochemistry or Clinical Genetic Chemistry or a closely related specialty.
(Under Patterns II and III, experience in one or a combination of the following may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for all except one year of the required administrative or supervisory experience:
1. Independent research in biochemistry or clinical genetic chemistry in a university or research laboratory. or
2. Teaching in biochemistry or clinical genetic chemistry in a collegiate-level institution with a rank at least equal to Assistant Professor.)
Knowledge of: Biochemistry and clinical genetic chemistry as applied to public health; principles and methods of laboratory analysis of constituents of body tissues and fluids; scientific research methodology for the development and establishment of reference methodology and quality control procedures to maintain reliable reference laboratory performance; proficiency testing methods and techniques to evaluate laboratory performance; physical, organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry; current developments in research in biochemistry and clinical genetic chemistry as applied to public health; legal principles related to the administration of laws and regulations governing the performance of clinical genetic chemistry or related analyses; public health principles and practices; principles of personnel management and supervision; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Originate and develop new procedures in solving difficult or unusual laboratory problems in clinical genetic chemistry; plan, direct, and integrate staff activities; evaluate and interpret research studies in clinical genetic chemistry; prepare scientific papers for publication; communicate effectively; analyze situations accurately and take appropriate action; establish and maintain cooperative relations with staff members and with other agencies and persons; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
Demonstrated analytical, research, and administrative ability.